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NASA Memory Lane (35)


Feb. 20, 1962.

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. With Mercury “Friendship 7″ Spacecraft

NASA – Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo with the Mercury “Friendship 7″ spacecraft during preflight activities.

On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7″ spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States.

Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour.

Glenn’s “Friendship 7″ Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of KSC in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

NASA Memory Lane (34)


Jan. 29, 2014.

Astronaut Candidates Visit White House for State of STEM (SoSTEM) Address

NASA – NASA Astronaut Joe Acaba, center, moderates a panel discussion with NASA’s 2013 astronaut candidates, from left, Christina M. Hammock, Andrew R. Morgan, Victor J. Glover, Jessica U. Meir, Tyler N. “Nick” Hague, Josh A. Cassada, Anne C. McClain, and Nicole Aunapu Mann, at the annual White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) address, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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The White House’s Original Sin: A Failure of Effective Management


By Norm Ornstein – The HealthCare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America’s best health journalists and policy analysts. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008.

The initial White House staff structure did not include anyone in a prominent position who knew the executive branch intimately—knew which positions among the political appointees were important for the president’s policy objectives and needed to be filled quickly by experts or managers; knew which senior career employees in the departments and agencies could be trusted and which to avoid; knew how to leverage policy goals through the adroit use of regulations, executive actions, and executive orders.

The post of deputy chief of staff for operations is the key position here—it was not then and has not yet been filled with a person like Sally Katzen, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, or John Koskinen, all experts on management and the executive branch who would have admirably filled the bill. Instead, we had an Obama White House filled with veterans of Congress and of politics. There were management people at OMB—but that is not at all the same as having someone in the West Wing. more> http://tinyurl.com/qerw5az

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